Britain’s Formal Apologies

        Political leaders are to be commended when they acknowledge the State’s responsibilities for misdemeanor and criminality. However the process seems selective – some events merit contrition, but not others…   David Cameron apology over Hillsborough cover-up, September 2012: “Mr Cameron told the House of Commons the panel found the safety of…

Hazel Blears

Political Engagement is not for You!

One would have thought that Muslim participation in electoral politics would be welcomed as a sign of engagement and interest in the national conversation. However some would prefer Muslims to remain docile; the ‘best Muslims’ are those who stay out of politics…see former Labour Cabinet Minister Hazel Blears’s statement below….. May 2012 “An analysis of…

Wikileaks and Muslims in Britain – archive

DISCLOSURES: 3rd Feb 2011 SUBJECT: CONSERVATIVE PARTY LEADER ON AFGHANISTAN/PAKISTAN 9th April 2009 SUBJECT: REPORTS THAT BRITAIN IS IMPORTING PAKISTANI IMAMS ARE EXAGGERATED, 24th April 2008 SUBJECT: PROPOSALS FOR AMBASSADOR’S CT FUND 18th April 2008 SUBJECT: ANTI-EXTREMIST CAMPAIGN TO REVERSE UK RADICALISATION, 5th Jan 2008 SUBJECT: EUR SENIOR ADVISOR PANDITH AND S/P ADVISOR COHEN’S VISIT…

No Breasts Please! We are Muslim

At one time, the Western stereotype of the Oriental Muslim was the debauched, sensuous crazy person – now it seems there has been a 180 degree turn… CASE STUDY 1 – DENMARK “Want to immigrate to Denmark? Then you need to be able to handle to look at a pair of naked women’s breasts, at…

Big Society needs Small Brother

The more Salaam Blogger hears of the Big Society idea, the more he feels like exclaiming ‘The Emperor has no clothes’. If you read the small print the Big Society is basically about the minimisation of the Government’s public sector spending. And who gets hit worst by this? Those sections of the population that are…

A tale of two dames

On 18th June 2010 the British Muslim community learnt from the columns of the Daily Telegraph that the Home Secretary had issued a banning order on the well-known Islamic scholar Dr Zakir Naik of India, thus preventing him from taking up speaking engagements in Britain. The reasons given were his ‘unacceptable behaviour’, so that his…

Islam Expo clears its name

Stephen Pollard’s polemics have landed the Spectator magazine in trouble? And who is this gentleman? He is the one who once said: “Americans have bled to free Iraq, and we won’t hesitate now to use overwhelming force to stop a few cowards from ruining what our own dead helped to achieve…” Can anyone with such…

Baroness Warsi: instrument of policy or policy-maker?

Speaking in rather fraught Urdu at a public meeting in Pakistan: mai nay abhee apnee tareef kee hay, apnay mulk kee tareef kee hay – an obvious slip up “[I have just praised myself, praised my country”]. Baroness Warsi added that “a single woman can freely go anywhere even at night in Britain”, and that…

Quilliam Foundation – time for tauba?

“There is a sense that Government has sought to engineer a ‘moderate’ form of Islam, promoting and funding only those groups which conform to this model. We do not think it is the job of Government to intervene in theological matters” (House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee – Preventing Violent Extremism, March 2010)…

Tory high-handedness towards Muslims

When the MCB convenes its ‘Muslim Leadership Dinner’ on 22nd February there will be Jack Straw MP taking the lectern representing Labour, and later in the proceedings, so will the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP. Noticeably missing from the stage will be any senior representative from the Tory front bench. An oversight…